Two protestors die in Newroz demos in Turkey

A second demonstrator died Sunday in Turkey, as clashes between Kurdish protestors and the police continued for a third day, hospital sources said.

Two protestors die in Newroz demos in Turkey
A second demonstrator died Sunday in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari, southeastern province in Turkey, as clashes between Kurdish protestors and the police continued for a third day, hospital sources said.

Another demonstrator died Sunday from injuries sustained in Saturday's clashes in Van during unofficial Newroz demonstrations celebrating the arrival of spring.

The demonstrator Ikbal Yasar died Sunday in southeastern Turkey as clashes between Kurdish protestors and the police continued for a third day, hospital sources said.

The 20-year-old died of a bullet wound in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province, which borders Iran and Iraq, after clashes erupted Sunday when a crowd of demonstrators defied an official ban on a planned gathering to mark Newroz, or the Kurdish New Year, they said.

The 35-year-old demonstrator Zeki Erinc died earlier from injuries sustained in clashes between Kurdish protestors and the police in the eastern Turkish city of Van after he had been hospitalised Saturday with a bullet wound, government and health officials said. An official from the Van governors office confirmed the death, but was unable to provide details on the nature of his injuries.

On Sunday, police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing protesters in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province, firing into the air and using tear gas and truncheons, private Dogan news agency reported.

The crowd, mostly members of the DTP, which faces closure on charges of ties to PKK -outlawed Kurdish separatists- was protesting the killing of a Kurdish man in the eastern city of Van.


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